Edinburgh Guide / August 14, 2013


Titus, performed by Joseph Arkley in one of the more intimate Summerhall venues, is quite simply one of the best performances you are likely to see at this year’s Fringe. It is an unlikely children’s show: no props, no gimmicks, no attention-seeking opportunities. There is just a boy, standing alone on a table, delivering absorbing

British Theatre Guide / August 14, 2013


Zdenka Fantlova’s powerful story of surviving the Holocaust is both moving and humbling. She had a love of Hollywood musicals, particularly Broadway Melody of 1936, and learnt to speak English as a result which was to save her life. When the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia, “in long columns like black ants”, life changed forever. She was

Broadway Baby / August 14, 2013

L'Apres-midi d'un Foehn

Although listed as a children show and only 25 minutes long, this beautiful but simple production certainly made an impact on the audience members, no matter what their age was. A cast made up mainly of colourful plastic bags puts on a delicate dance for the spectators along with music of French composer Claude Debussy.

Three Weeks / August 14, 2013

Feral (Tortoise In A Nutshell)

Before reading this, please set your mind to superlative mode, because we are dealing with an absolutely outstanding show! In a place where mixed-media meets music and puppetry, five remarkable performers create an entire world from scratch, before slowly obliterating it in front of your eyes. The level of visual accuracy is amazing and the

The Edinburgh Reporter / August 14, 2013

Edinburgh Science, Edinburgh Magic!

This intriguingly entitled show returns, by popular demand, for its third year fronted by Edinburgh Makar and Jazz-Slam-Tram-provocateur – Ron Butlin. The show celebrates but never ingratiates itself within its eponymous setting – a city of wily charms sacred and profane. Where sepulchral secrets whisper weavily within the midnight mist-cowled wynds, where the restless ghosts

Three Weeks / August 14, 2013

Breaking News (VaVaVoom)

Hailing from Reykjavik, Iceland, VaVaVoom takes its audience into an inventive and original world of puppets, pop-up sets, live soundscapes and evocative video landscapes.

The Quotidian Times / August 14, 2013

Anatomy of the Piano

Where exactly is the heart of the piano? Part piano recital, part fantasy lecture, pianist and entertainer Will Pickvance presents the physical, emotional and spiritual anatomy of the piano, with stories about, songs around, the playing on and the dissection of, a piano.

Broadway Baby / August 12, 2013

bread&circuses' Wot? No Fish!

Wot? No Fish!! is an inspirational story that shows how images, art and fine storytelling can touch lives and entertain.

The Guardian / August 12, 2013

Guardian - Festival Fringe Award Winners

Winners from around the festival include the young Scottish company Tortoise in a Nutshell, whose work, Feral, uses puppetry to examine the riots.

Three Weeks / August 12, 2013

Babakas Our Fathers

Spoiler alert! 'This totally charming experimental piece uses film, dance and comedy to have a good hard look at childhood and parenthood.'

Edinburgh Guide / August 12, 2013

Yurtakids! Cinderella (Cenerentola)

This is exquisite theatre that envelops the audience in magic and transcends language. Simply wonderful!

Three Weeks / August 12, 2013

Jack Klaff in Out to Lunch

This riveting one-man show is about as far from the ‘mainstream’ Fringe of comedians off the telly as you can get. And I loved it for that.

Art Review / August 10, 2013

Gregor Schneider intrigues audiences and critics

I rather cynically assumed I had Schneider pegged down and that nothing would shock me. I was wrong.

The Scotsman / August 10, 2013

Summerhall wins Scotsman Fringe First - for Feral by Tortoise in a Nutshell

You’ll find no better than Feral (★★★★) by Edinburgh’s Tortoise in a Nutshell. This mesmerisingly inventive show presents unrest as a symptom of public policy that puts profit ahead of community.

The Independent / August 7, 2013

Summerhall, Fringe venue 26

Described by some as the most overly hyped show of the Edinburgh Festival, Gregor Schneider heads the bill of visual artists at Fringe venue 26, Summerhall. Süßer Duft (sweet scent) does not, however, disappoint. Schneider brings his particular mixture of visual/sensory and performative elements together to produce a work that will linger long in the mind, I am sworn to secrecy but this is a work that you will not forget.

The Herald / June 24, 2013

Nile Rodgers and Jean Pierre Muller

When a large wooden painting of Cab Calloway’s face hung from the ceiling of Summerhall’s dissection room came crashing down, narrowly missing the star of this unique art and music collaboration, it could have proved disastrous. Nile Rodgers, however, brushed away the incident with the same charm that has seen him through a 40-year musical

The Independent / June 21, 2013

Nile Rodgers’ artistic battle goes live

Chic’s Nile Rodgers’ participation in the Edinburgh premiere of a new performance artwork promises to be his most unique project of 2013. Indigo Night is an extension of French artist Jean Pierre Muller’s 7×7, a series of sound installations featuring seven musicians (including Rodgers, Robert Wyatt and Terry Riley), which was shown at Edinburgh’s Summerhall

The Skinny / August 23, 2012

White Rabbit Red Rabbit @ Summerhall

There’s a tradition for the rookie’s first day at the foundry where he’s sent off to fetch a bucket of steam or get the glass hammer. I’ve now found the reviewing equivalent – going to see Nassim Soleimanpour’s White Rabbit Red Rabbit. That’s because the play is impossible to review. What I can tell you

The Skinny / August 20, 2012

Edinburgh Guide / August 20, 2012

The List Review

The old sink in the corner of the Anatomy Lecture Theatre at Summerhall is the accidental prop that reveals the relentless handwashing just off stage by Maureen Beattie’s unnamed character before this European première of the play from celebrated Québec dramatist Jennifer Tremblay begins. The story is a narration of one woman’s anguished adjustment to